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The Ethics Of Deconstruction
It is now widely accepted that The Ethics of Deconstruction was the first book to argue for the ethical turn in Derrida's work and to show as powerfully as possible how deconstruction has persuasive ethical consequences that were vital to our thinking through of questions of politics and democracy. Now reissued with three new appendices which restate as well as reflect upo...more
(first published September 1st 1992)
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A very helpful companion to Levinas and Derrida. How he pulled an entire book out of the intersection between these two philosophers is beyond me, but he did and its actually quite easy to read. No small feat considering these two philosophers are typically viewed as being about as obtuse as you can get...his whole point is that deconstruction turns to mush without an ethical ground - Levinas gives Derrida an ethical leg to stand on...yet, I wonder if this domesticates deconstruction? Still, an...more
A stunning book. The basic (convincing) claim is that Derridean deconstruction leads to a political impasse unless supplemented by Levinas-ian ethical theory. Surprisingly lucid given that thesis; also Simon Critchley is in an Australian rock band or something.
Simon Critchley (born 27 February 1960 in Hertfordshire) is an English philosopher currently teaching at The New School. He works in continental philosophy. Critchley argues that philosophy commences in disappointment, either religious or political. These two axes may be said largely to inform his published work: religious disappointment raises the question of meaning and has to, as he sees it, de...moreMore about Simon Critchley...